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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The fly from last night's Mid-Coast Fly Fisher's tying meeting was an all-species fly from the pacific north west called the Nomad. Originally a trout fly, but scaled up and taught by member Carl Sanders to work in the warm, Florida saltwater. Definitely one to tie in various sizes! . #Nomad #flytying #MidCoastFlyFishers #flyfishingclub #TyingNight #troutfly #saltwaterfly #allpurpose #flyfishing #flytyingjunkie ##saltwaterflyfishing #FlyfishFL
Sunday, September 17, 2017
I met some of the folks from DrinkTanks at the ICAST and IFTD Show this year. They were nice enough to send us a couple of their stainless cups and a 64 oz DrinkTank with the Keg Cap kit. Haven't had a chance to fill it with beer yet, but they got a lot of coffee use when we evacuated for Hurricane Irma!! So far we're loving them!! Look for a First Cast on the YouTube channel real soon and a long term review on TheSuburbanAngler.com after some hard use! Thanks @drinktanks !! . #DrinkTanks #coffeecups #growler #KegCap #EvacuationSupplies #beer #coffee #review #FirstCast #flygear #flyfishing #flyfishinglifestyle #LoveThatTheyreDishwasherSafe
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
#TBT or peek into the near future? Catching small North Georgia brookies with a Brookie! . #ThrowBackToTheFuture #brooktrout #brookie #trout #NorthGeorgia #GeorgiaOutdoors #FlyfishGA #TFO #HalfWeight #Galvan #Brookie #0weight #Rio #TroutTaper #flyfishing #flyfishinglifestyle
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Last night's fly tying at Oyster Creek Outfitters followed a casting demo and both were specific to techniques for fishing redfish in the coming flood tides!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Almost glass smooth water at the boat ramp yesterday.
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Throwing a gurgler at the incoming tide for today's Lunch Break Casting Practice!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
At last night's MCFF meeting we tied up some "Baby Tarpon" flies. A pretty easy fly to tie, but proper technique was important in several steps!!
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Monday, August 21, 2017
We had our first ride on the St. John's River Ferry this weekend! There is no bridge over the river for A1A and the ferry keeps you from having to drive to Jacksonville and getting on I-295. Only a 5 minute ride, but we enjoyed it. And, it's part of the National Parks system, so we got to check off another park. They don't let you fish, though. I asked.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Sticker Sighting!! Repost from @simpson941, one of the winners of the 2017 The Suburban Angler annual giveaway, as he's cranking out some wooly buggers! Thanks buddy!!
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
Hanging out at the Flood Tide Festival at Black Fly Outfitter in Jacksonville today! Fly gear, BBQ, beer and friends! Say hi if you run into us!!
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Last night's Mid-Coast Fly Fishers meeting was all about knots! Capt. Emmet lead the group in tying several knots in cord before moving to mono, and by the end of the evening everyone had a hand-tied, tapered leader! Clubs like MCFF offer the opportunity to polish your skills or learn some new ones! . #MCFF #MidCoastFlyFishers #FFIChapter #FlyFishersInternational #CaptEmmet #KnottedLeader #AlbrightKnot #flyfishing #club #FlyfishFL #FishFlorida #flyfishinglifestyle
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
I thought I'd start off the series of AFFTA IFTD 2017 posts with a recap of Demo Day. IFTD Demo Day is an event where members of the media are invited to the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando before the opening of the IFTD Show and given the opportunity to talk with some manufacturers and use their new products on the water, under real conditions with a rep's (or in some cases, the designer's(!!!)) coaching and input. It really is an incredible opportunity that I very much enjoy.
The setup was a little different this year in that all of the participating manufacturers were lined up along one long pond, which really made it easier to get to all the booths and make sure there was time to try all the new toys. And, I don't want you to think that this was like casting into a 2-inch deep pool like the indoor casting ponds at various fly fishing events. No, the water hazards of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes golf course are trophy managed bass ponds. Certainly not easy ponds to fish, but if you are lucky enough to hook up it's with a largemouth bass worthy of the latest and greatest products being tested.
Unfortunately, I was skunked. But, I was skunked using some of the most advanced fly fishing products to date. And I had a hell of a time doing it and can't wait until Demo Day 2018! Follow along with the photos below. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of them. And be on the lookout for the next article in the IFTD 2017 series very soon.
I hope you're all doing well,
|IFTD 2017 Demo Day 7am at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida|
|The J.W. Marriott Hotel at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Golf Course, Orlando, Florida|
|Hardy Fly Fishing let me cast one of their new Zephrus Ultralight Series rods in 9' 5-weight with one of their classic Bougle reels. This setup was designed for delicate presentations and was a pleasure to cast!|
|The new Salt HD from Sage Fly Fishing has a very soft, smooth cast and the KonneticHD technology helps put the power on for the quick casts that sight fishing saltwater fish requires.|
|I had the opportunity to cast the new Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis rod and reel side-by-side with an identically outfitted conventional fly rod and reel and the difference was quite astounding!|
|At the Scientific Anglers station I got to cast their new Bonefish line on an Orvis Helios 3 rod. This combination made for near effortless casting of this 8 weight! I'd really like to spend some more time fishing with this setup!|
|We weren't the only ones fishing at the Ritz-Carlton!|
|I spent some time talking with Nick (good name!) from Simms Fishing in front of the Simms Bus. As a Large Outdoorsman myself, I was very happy to hear the Simms has starting increasing the sizes available on some of their more popular lines.|
|The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes is a beautiful venue for the AFFTA IFTD Demo Day. They hotel even provided drift boats and guides to help put attendees on fish!|
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Lunch break casting practice, just after the high tide.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Some may not know that Wolff Indiana also has an industrial scissors division called KAI. Debuting at this year's IFTD Show, KAI is now making two lines high quality fly tying scissors! The holes in the smallest scissors were large enough for even my fingers to fit comfortably!
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I really enjoyed learning more about the lines and accessories from Royal Wulff Products! Be on the lookout for, what I hope will be, a pretty unique review!
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Friday, July 14, 2017
As always, I had a fantastic time at IFTD and ICAST this year! Seeing the newest and most innovative flyfishing products is always a blast, but the best part is reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones! A round of applause for the hardworking folks that host the show!! And, of course, a huge Thank You to all the exhibitors who take the time to talk with us. To all the folks at home who followed along with my posts, thanks to you as well. You guys are the reason I do it!! Can't wait until next year!!!!
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
IFTD 2017 Best In Show Award goes to Sage Fly Fish for the Salt HD flyrod! Congratulations to the folks at Sage!!!
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Finally got to check out some @diamondbackrods in person! The unconventional Link Grip design on the Clout series lends a tremendous amout of sensitivity to the rod!
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@taylorflyfishing is having a strong showing this year with new reels, rods and their own branded line backing!
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Checking out the new to the show Q Series of rods from Loop Tackle. The folks at Loop have developed an entry level offering to get you into a Loop fly rod for under $230!! They didn't cut any corners, either. With the light weight and matte finish you're going to get a quality rod.
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The kind folks at L.L. Bean invited me to attend their luncheon again this year. They have some great new products lined up for 2018 like a seat back rod organizer for your truck, a gear satchel optimized for surf fishing and this 2018 Collector's Edition Knife Set! Thanks for another great lunch, L. L. Bean!!
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Checking out the updates to the G Series of rods from Scott Flyrods. Naturally, I gravitated to the 2 weight, but the heavy rods are sweet casters as well!!
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Had to check out the Fair Flies booth after seeing one of their videos. 5 materials are packed into these brushes!! Originally designed for Salmon and Steelhead in the PNW, they're finding that the possibilities in other fisheries are nearly limitless! Can't wait to try some in the Florida marshes!!
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From feather's to flies this morning! Turrall Fishing Flies out of the UK was displaying at the show. Maker's of fine flies, bamboo flyboxes and prepackaged fly selections. Odds are good if you buy flies, you've fished a Turrall!
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Need tying feather's? The guys at Ewing Feather Birds have your feathers!!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Got to check out the new flyboxes from Plan D Fishing Solurtions. These big boxes contain either a shepard's hook or silicon slot to hold and protect articulated and tube flies. Awesome idea!
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@korkersfootwear introduced the new WRAPTR one piece wading boot at this year's IFTD!! It's a very lightweight yet tough and durable wading boot with only a single seam!
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I met with the new owner of Ty-Rite, the knot tying aid that's been around for more than 50 years! If you have any trouble with your clinch knots slipping, this is the tool to help you out!!
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Hardy Fly Fishing's new Ultralight series of reels certainly caught my attention today!
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So, in case the Tacky Fly Fishing Big Bug Box wasn't big enough for you, they introduced the Predator Box at the show this year! Designed with articulated streamers and large fresh and saltwater flies in mind, the new Predator Box will hold your biggest flies with ease!!
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Temple Fork Outfitters has released a new line of saltwater rods!! The AxiomII series are available in 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 weight and the $340-$360 price point includes a rodtube! I may have to count some pennies for that 6 weight!!!
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The folks at Patagonia have developed a pair of waders that pack down into a stuff sack! Finally, waders for backpacking flyfishers!!!
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Finally got to meet Scott from Vedavoo Gear!! This Vedavoo x Water Master Beast Sling (left) is made from material scraps leftover from the construction of Water Master's inflatable row boats! Made and Repurposed in America!!
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Stopped by the Flymen Fishing Co booth to check out their latest products! Faux Bucktail, Howitzer Popping Heads and finished Double Barrel poppers! Awesome stuff that I can't wait to try!!
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Always good to catch up with Thomas and the guys from @diablops!!
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First stop is the Stealth Fly Products booth. This company is changing the way fly tying hooks are sold!! The eco-friendly black finish is a definite bonus!!
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